3 November 202216 February 2023

Design your own Greek typeface in this ILT Academy Class with Greek master designer Irene Vlachou.

Participants receive an extended trial license and can purchase their own full license at a discount.

Irene Vlachou: Introduction to Greek Type Design

3 November 2022 – 16 February 2023
classes take place at 4:00 pm UK time

Session 1: 3 November — Intro to Greek alphabet + exercise 1
Session 2: 10 November — Explore styles + exercise 2
Session 3: 17 November — Creating a system + exercise 3
Session 4: 24 November — Defining a scope, beginning of a typeface project
Session 5: 1 December — History 1, type review of basic lc character set
Session 6: 8 December — History 2, type review of small lc character set
Session 7: 15 December — Proofing, specimen design and type review of small lc character set
Session 8: 22 December — History 3, type review of complete basic lc set
Session 9: 5 January — type review of complete basic lc set
Session 10: 19 January — type review of complete basic uc set
Session 11: 2 February — Technical Greek: OpenType features + encodings, Type review of extra styles
Session 12: 16 February — Final presentations, fonts and specimen

The course is consisting of hands-on exercises, study of primary and secondary sources of Greek typography and one main project. Throughout the three exercises the participants will experiment and examine the possibilities of the Greek script and learn through practice. Some basic historical information will be given in a form of lectures in the middle of the course.

The main project will be will be an opportunity for each participant to design their own new Greek typeface and apply their gained knowledge into practice.

Participants will be required to work in between sessions — this is crucial for the main project to develop fully.

The objective of the course is for anyone interested in type design to expand their knowledge to an alphabet system further than Latin by developing a design methodology, and learning its potential application in the real situations. More specifically to gain some basic knowledge on Greek script, its history, the current state of affairs and how to approach it and complement another script.


Irene Vlachou

For Whom?

The course is open to a maximum of 15 participants

How Much?

The course fee is £990 + 20% VAT (if applicable) and is non-refundable. Participants are exempt of VAT if registering as an EU business.




No advance knowledge of either Greek or type design is required. However, the participants need to have a strong background in design principles and DTP applications. A stable internet connection is required, as well as the latest Glyphs software on a Mac. macOS 11 or later and Glyphs 3 are recommended. We will install FontTools/ttx at the beginning of the course.